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I love washing, hoovering, ironing, you name it. I find it very therapeutic.
– Keeley Hawes
I don’t like dirt. Cleanliness is high on my agenda, but I don’t have a phobia of dirt. I’m just not keen on it. I don’t really like dirty people or houses or smelly things.
Things can change on a daily basis in television. You can be introduced to aspects of your character that you had no idea existed because they didn’t exist a week before. The next week it might be taken away from you in some way that you can’t control.
When you think about such fine actors as Maggie Smith or Michael Gambon, they do all mediums. I think it would be quite sad and a bit dull just to have to stick to one. I like all of them.
My husband is the chef of the family; he’s a brilliant cook. Actually, it makes you quite lazy when you have somebody that’s so good at cooking under the same roof. It’s all beans or spaghetti when I’m left to run it.
If there’s room for 30 reality shows, surely there’s room for two amazing costume dramas.
I’m a total stationery fiend – I have drawers and drawers of lovely printed cards and wrapping paper.
I worked in McDonald’s, but I didn’t mind it. You got free cheeseburgers. I love eating a bit of junk food.
Children will be children, and they’re inquisitive. If teenagers want to know what’s out there, they’ll look, but there are things that aren’t for their eyes.
There’s nowhere to hide in the theatre. You can’t be the one in rehearsal who doesn’t know their lines.
I’ve stopped worrying about whether people think what I do is any good. I’ve taken stick in the past, and I’ve genuinely worried and got incredibly upset.
I do love playing aristocrats, probably because it’s so against type. So much more interesting than playing a version of yourself.
When you get into your 40s, the roles do tend to drop off, and I’ve seen it happening to friends of mine. Hopefully it is improving, and there are female TV executives now who are championing women of all ages in leading roles. But I’m not counting on it.
My beauty regime is very simple. I just take my make-up off before bed. And oh, I always put moisturiser on. But that’s about it, apart from a bit of soap maybe.
There are lots of actors who are posh and stick with that, and there are lots of actors who are cockney, and that’s what they do. That’s fine, but I don’t think that could be said about me.
‘Ashes To Ashes’ is a victim of its own success. We started lots of trends. I like to think we had something to do with bringing back the high waist. It’s so much more flattering.
I’ve nothing against stay-at-home mums, but I love going to work, I love what I do and I wouldn’t want to start resenting my home life if I was staying home 365 days a year.
I hope to be still acting when I’m 70 on TV, film and theatre.
I am not into action and adventure on holiday; that doesn’t really do it for me. I would much rather go and lie down.
Marriage and being a mother are absolutely crucial to my happiness and my life.
There’s always a sense of tragedy with icons. It happened to both the Princess of Wales and Diana Dors. A lot of people had grown up with them, and everybody loved them. Then, when they had at last found happiness, they were taken in the most dreadful way.
I’m not saying that every night of the week, my husband, ex-husband, our children and I all sit around together like one big happy family. But we do see each other frequently, and everyone loves each other, and we are all friends.
I happen to know there is nothing sexy or romantic about love scenes. They are just awful to do.
The funny thing about children is that, whichever room we’re in, that’s where they’ll be. If I’m in the bath, they’ll want to be in there too, playing with the toothbrush pot or brushing my hair.
When I grew up in central London, we had six pavement slabs for a garden.
Coming from a family where the parents had been together for 40 years, you never imagine that divorce is going to happen to you.